Mike Love on Band's Future, Label Reaction & the 'Only Drawback' of the Reunion
Though the Beach Boys' 50th anniversary reunion tour comes to an end on Sept. 28 in London, Mike Love says the quintet may, well, do it again, both on the road and in the recording studio.
"There's only one 50th anniversary, obviously, but... there's talk of us going and doing a return to the Grammys next year, and there's talk about doing another album together," Love -- who recently announced some fall dates in South America for the edition of the Beach Boys he and the group's Bruce Johnston take on the road -- tells Billboard.com. "There's nothing in stone, but there's a lot of ideas being floated around. So after this year, after completing the 50th anniversary reunion, we'll entertain doing some more studio work and see what we can come up with and can do in the future."
Both Love and Joe Thomas, a longtime cohort of Brian Wilson's who co-wrote 11 of the 12 tracks on the Beach Boys' reunion album, "That's Why God Made the Radio," say that there's plenty of other material for the Beach Boys to draw from. Thomas says he and Wilson had "about 80 hours worth of tape," much of it culled from material they were working on around the time of Wilson's 1998 "Imagination" album that "were always songs he had earmarked for the Beach Boys." Some are on "That's Why God Made the Radio," but others include demos with the late Carl Wilson's vocals and an unreleased Dennis Wilson composition, as well as songs that were part of a suite from which the new album's "Pacific Coast Highway" and "Summer's Gone" (co-written with Jon Bon Jovi) were drawn.